By Paige HaddySports/Entertainment/Event Management Hi, I’m Paige, and JWU has given me the grand opportunity to venture off-campus to gain industry experience at the Walt Disney World College Program. Event planning is my passion. It’s who I am. I’m an organizer, a methodical thinker and attentive to detail. I love taking someone’s goals and turning them into something beautiful that they could have never imagined.
I thrive on finding ways to conquer challenges — it’s making magic. And there’s no better place than Disney World to make magic.
Top 4 Reasons I Chose Disney I wanted this internship because Walt Disney World creates some of the most articulate events in the world. I wanted to see how they accomplish such great things.
1. Higher Standard of Hospitality When people visit Disney World, they hold cast members to the highest standard of service. Now I will be sure to carry that standard in wherever I go.
2. Apply Career Skills in Real LifeAs an SEE major at JWU, I’ve been well versed in guest relations and problem-solving skills, which I use every day on this job.
In a front of the house position at Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, I am faced with “making magic” for hundreds of guests — and assuring that guests leave their troubles outside of the restaurant.
3. Cultural Training Disney World caters to a vast demographic. Serving people from all over the world with different customs, I’ve learned how to provide the best service no matter what the cultural difference between us is.
4. “Priceless" Operations Experience Getting to work alongside the event operations manager was a priceless experience. I got to pick the brain of someone that has single-handedly coordinated the Contemporary Resort’s events for decades.
Event planning is going to be my career, because there are so many events that change people’s lives: weddings, fundraisers, birthdays, trade shows and meetings.
No matter the scale or purpose of the event, I can’t wait to make that difference for someone.